The latest version of Delcam’s PowerInspect software includes enhanced inspection capabilities and expansion of its digitized curves reverse engineering and modelling capabilities.
The hardware-independent software combines the ability to work with a variety of inspection devices with a range of inspection routines for taking simple measurements, inspecting geometric features and analyzing complex 3D surfaces. PowerInspect is designed to create efficient inspection sequences for use on dual-column CNC coordinate-measuring machines. It also offers unique dual-device inspection options that enable measurement with two portable devices at the same time.
Other enhancements include improved handling of point-cloud data, group editing of probing parameters, graphical editing of boundaries for raster-based inspection, and easier measurement and marking out when the software is used for clay modelling.
The automated section-measurement functionality, which was previously only available in the manual version of PowerInspect, is now available in both the OMV and CNC offline-programming versions. This strategy for creating probe paths along a section of the component is designed for quick and easy comparison of a cross-section against the CAD model, making it well-suited for the measurement of blades and aerofoils, as well as for automotive inspection.
When used for reverse engineering, options within the digitized curves feature enable edges, holes and gaps to be identified as the part is being probed. Curves can also be created from CAD models within PowerInspect, or they can be imported directly from other software packages. These curves can be modified by rotation, translation, mirroring or scaling, or by editing individual points within the curve. Once created, curves can be exported as polylines as well as to the previously available NURBS format.